In a special nationwide address Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the government will track down those responsible for today’s protest and riots.

“The Governments investigative arm is working to track down those behind the destruction, they will face the law, no one is above the law.

“These people will face the consequences of their action, the symbol of our democracy was breached today,” the Prime Minister said.

“I had honestly thought we have gone past our dark days, today has shown that we have a long way to go.

"Today I stand before you all, and say our country is safe, and government will continue to lead the nation."

The Prime Minister says he has signed an order declaring a 36-hour lockdown starting at 7pm today.

He says that the 36-hour lockdown will allow police to further investigate what transpired today.